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Our Staff

Come dance with us and meet the talented team of instructors at Pinnacle Dance Company. Focusing on teaching exceptional techniques and creating unforgettable experiences, we are committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Continue browsing our staff profiles below to learn more.


Alison Pelley and Sam Giffin


Meet Alison Pelley and Sam Giffin, the owners and directors of Pinnacle Dance Company!

These ladies have collectively been immersed in the competitive dance world for 20+ years. Together as coaches and choreographers, they have received many accolades. They have been recognized for their unique and exceptional choreography, and they continue to help dancers grow in their confidence and technique. They pride themselves on teamwork, and look forward to this new beginning, which allows them to extend their passion for dance with every dancer!

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Jeni Schutte


For over 30 years Jeni has shared her passion for the performing arts with hundreds of young performers. Jeni is committed to providing a positive environment for her students, while instilling in them the confidence they need to be successful in whatever career they choose. As a professional performer and choreographer, Jeni is well-known in the Cincinnati theater community. However, her true love has always been teaching. As the owner of Spotlight Dance Center for 15 years, her age appropriate and unique routines have earned numerous National Champion titles. In 2016, Jeni founded Spotlight Productions, an educational theater experience for performers ages 5-18. Jeni’s students have gone on to dance for numerous collegiate, NFL, and NBA teams, as well as Broadway, cruise ships, movies, and more! She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work beside two of her former students at PDC!


Sarah Hettesheimer

Admin Specialist

Sarah is the backbone and point person for all administrative tasks and questions. Sarah has 10 years of office experience, 9 years of financial experience, and 8 years of office management experience! Sarah has also been a dance mom for 7 years and counting. Sarah prides herself on being organized and detail oriented. She loves cheering on the dancers at competitions and enjoys the friendships she has made through the studio! Sarah is excited for what is to come at Pinnacle Dance Company!

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